By Genny Beemyn
Rooted in vast archival study and private interviews, A Queer Capital is the 1st historical past of LGBT lifestyles within the nation’s capital. Revealing a colourful earlier that dates again greater than a hundred twenty five years, the publication explores how lesbians, homosexual males, and bisexuals confirmed areas in their personal prior to and after global warfare II, survived a number of the cruelest anti-gay campaigns within the united states, and arranged to call for equivalent therapy. Telling the tales of black and white homosexual groups and contributors, Genny Beemyn exhibits how race, gender, and sophistication formed the development of homosexual social worlds in a racially segregated city.
From the flip of the 20th century throughout the Nineteen Eighties, Beemyn explores the stories of homosexual humans in Washington, exhibiting how they created their very own groups, fought for his or her rights, and, within the technique, helped to alter the rustic. Combining wealthy own tales with willing old research, A Queer Capital presents insights into LGBT lifestyles, the heritage of Washington, D.C., and African American lifestyles and tradition within the 20th century.
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103 African Americans, who could not even buy a cup of coffee at the Y’s cafeteria, much less live there, opened their own expanded building at 1816 Twelfth Street in 1912. 104 For national Y leaders who believed that the seeming immorality of rooming houses would spread to the group’s newly built dormitories, the association’s facilities in the nation’s capital represented the manifestation of their worst fears. 105 Carter Bealer was sent to stay at the G Street Y by his parents when they went away for the summer and fall in 1922 and rented out their house.
A “hideous feeling . . ”42 Obviously, Bealer’s efforts to hide from the police also meant that he was hidden from potential sexual partners; he met fewer men and seemingly had to be less choosey about the individuals with whom he had sex. The police were not the only danger that Bealer and other men faced in cruising. Although he found the experiences “too horrible” to write much about, Bealer was robbed by men he met on at least two occasions. In 1922, a man whom he brought home with him stole about nine dollars’ worth of unused stamps from his brother’s trunk.
110 The administrators of Washington’s downtown Y were not the only ones at the branch who reacted harshly to individuals suspected of being involved in samesex sexual relationships. ”111 For Bealer, the experience was “[a] cruel reminder of the world’s attitude toward us poor unfortunates,” and it was incidents like these that led him to decide to leave the Y for a rooming house several blocks away, on the north side of Lafayette Square. For many men who pursued same-sex sexual relationships, the local Y branches, along with the parks and other public cruising locations, provided the most visible and, at least for white men, the most accessible points of entry into a gay social world.
A Queer Capital: A History of Gay Life in Washington D.C. by Genny Beemyn